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Rick Senger
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Though I'm a BoSox fan at heart, I live in LA and moved here only a couple weeks before the Dodgers' amazing upset of Oakland in the 1988 World Series. Saw hobbled Kirk Gibson's stirring, series-changing dinger from a bar on Wilshire Blvd and I've liked them ever since. But that was 32 years ago (WTF??) Even Kershaw pitched decently last night so I'm wondering if 2020 might be when they finally break through again.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 11:21am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Gack! I'm a lifelong A's fan and I can't seem to go more than a few weeks through life without seeing a Gibson reference*.  And I STILL married a Dodger fan!  That said, life at home will be in a good place if LA finally wins, so here's hoping. 

My first and only trip to Dodger Stadium was for which giveaway? Now the little bastard is on a shelf near our TV, tormenting me. 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Ryan, I feel your pain. There was a good 15 year stretch where the ball thru Billy Buckner's legs seemed to get re-run just about weekly somewhere for me. The Sox finally winning in 2004 seemed to put that one to bed, thankfully.

Ironically I think Buckner might have had a shot at a HOF career until that moment, which forever haunted him. He was never the same after. Conversely, I think a lot of people just assume Gibson is a HOFer because of that iconic moment but in fact his numbers really aren't close to HOF material. Just a great clutch player.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 11:41am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

As glorious as the playoffs are, broadcasters are more caught up on memorable player miscues than celebrating achievements, it seems. Now, onward to a new A's championship so I can hopefully hear the last of Gibson and "Giambi didn't slide!". 
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 11:56am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Haha, at least you guys won it the next year. I had to wait 18 seasons (and the Red Sox 86 seasons!) to wash that taste out of my mouth. Bob Costas is one of my all-time favorite broadcasters but for some reason he took particular delight in regularly dissecting various minutiae relating to all the different ways Boston choked away that championship in far more detail than being just "one strike away."

Great play by Jeter, but I'm still not even sure Giambi got tagged in time, btw. F'ing Yankees.

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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 1:56pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply



I'm a Dodgers fan, and watching them throughout this whole weird pandemic
season has been one of the few consistent bright spots. They are as much fun
to watch as you see in these playoff series - they have had these great
elements for the last few seasons, but it is Mookie Betts who has given them
extra firepower and a healthy dose of inspiration. I think his hustle and high
personal standards has lit a fire under his teammates.

Corey Seager has always had potential, but injuries kept him from getting into
a groove. He and Betts are complete players - strong on offense and defense.
It's great to see him shine.

Mix in crazy red-heads Justin Turner and Dustin May, masterful pitching from
Kershaw, and the lanky excellence of Bellinger and you have yourself quite a
show.

Tonight we will see if it will be a rout. I don't think so - we saw how the
Dodgers can choke on their own expectations. Atlanta was a real challenge -
one that they didn't really face as much over a shortened season. It was an
exciting game seven, but it was close.



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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


Superhero moment - Justin "Jal-El" Turner takes flight to make a rare
home/third base double play.



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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 21 October 2020 at 2:14pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I do love Turner, he's one of my favorite players in the league. I watched about 3/4's of the Dodger games this year and the team just isn't the same without him in the lineup. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 23 October 2020 at 10:15pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Ryan, that bobblehead is from one of my favorite World Series.

My parents are both Dodgers fans, and their health isn't so good. This could very well be the last WS my father gets to see. So yes, I'm pulling for the Dodgers. In fact, I usually do pull for them whenever they're in the World Series, unless its against the Red Sox. (And I'm still mad that both the Astros and Red Sox won by cheating.)


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Rick Senger
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Posted: 24 October 2020 at 12:36pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Brian Floyd, I don't want to derail this conversation, but MLB ruled the Red Sox didn't cheat in the 2018 World Series against the Dodgers. The Red Sox definitely weren't entirely exonerated for previous conduct but the ruling is what it is. MLB concludes Red Sox Didn't Cheat in 2018 World Series
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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 24 October 2020 at 3:27pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply


Just loving watching the team play - Turner had a great night last night.

I think the best example of their offense is Austin Barnes - the catcher was
batting in the ninth position, and layed down a perfect bunt to score a run.
And then he homered! It's an extreme example of their ability to play both long
ball and small-ball to grind out runs.

The trouble is the Rays pitching is very good. The Dodgers know how to
exploit a weakness once they find it, but the Rays are good at plugging up their
leaks.




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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 25 October 2020 at 11:57pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Rick, I honestly completely forgot about that ruling.

I will say this, though: The Astros were not punished enough. Alex Cora's suspension was fine, but he should be walking on eggshells the rest of his career.

Now here's hoping the Dodgers finish the Rays off the next game.


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